Supreme Court Opinions

Format: 12/07/2016
Format: 12/07/2016
Sandra Sanders v. David W. Lanier and State of Tennessee - Concurring
02S01-9706-CH-00060
Authoring Judge: Justice Janice M. Holder
Trial Court Judge: Judge William H. Inman

The issue with which we are confronted is whether the State may be liable to a county employee for employment discrimination under the Tennessee Human Rights Act ("THRA") when the county employee is under the  supervision of a state judge who commits quid pro quo sexual harassment against the county employee. The trial court answered the question in the negative holding that the State was not the plaintiff's employer under the THRA. The Court of Appeals reversed and held that the THRA imposed liability on the State under an economic realities test. For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we affirm as modified the appellate court's reversal of the trial court's judgment.

Dyer County Supreme Court 03/02/98
Page G. Stuart v. State of Tennessee, Dept. of Safety
01-S-01-9612-CH-00239
Authoring Judge: Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Irvin H. Gilcrease, Jr.

During a wide-ranging investigation, law enforcement officers located and seized several items of property thought to be used in the conduct of an illegal drug enterprise. Criminal charges followed the several seizures, and Page Stuart, the appellant, pleaded guilty to offenses involving delivery and conspiracy to deliver large quantities of marijuana. The State thereafter instituted administrative proceedings under Tenn. Code Ann. § 53-11-201 et seq. (1991 & Supp. 1992) for the forfeiture of the property seized. Although Stuart challenged the forfeiture of some of the property,1 he was not successful, and both the Chancery Court and the Court of Appeals upheld the forfeiture. We granted Stuart’s application for review under Rule 11

Davidson County Supreme Court 03/02/98
State vs. Hoxie
03S01-9706-CR-00061
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Knox County Supreme Court 02/23/98
Geneva Grahl vs. Lillie Davis, Et al
03S01-9701-CV-00011
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Supreme Court 02/23/98
State vs. Irwin
03S01-9702-CC-00021
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Blount County Supreme Court 02/23/98
State vs. Grapel Simpson
02S01-9702-CC-00010
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McNairy County Supreme Court 02/23/98
Samuelson vs. Totty
01S01-9702-CV-00025
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Supreme Court 02/17/98
State vs. Vineyard
03S01-9612-CR-00120
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Supreme Court 02/17/98
Franklin Jones vs. Sterling Last Corp.
02S01-9606-CH-00057
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Supreme Court 02/17/98
State vs. Glenn Bernard Mann
02S01-9609-CC-00077
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Supreme Court 02/17/98
01S01-9705-CV-00100
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Supreme Court 02/17/98
Henley vs. State
01S01-9703-CC-00056
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Trial Court Judge: J. O. Bond
Supreme Court 01/26/98
Stateof Tennessee v. Michael Joe Boyd
02S01-9611-CR-00102
Authoring Judge: Justice Lyle Reid
Trial Court Judge: Judge Joseph B. McCartie

I dissent from the majority's holding that the jury's consideration of the invalid aggravating circumstance was harmless error.  Thos not every imperfection in the deliberative process is sufficient, even in a capital case, to set aside a ... judgement, the severity of the sentence mandates careful scrutiny in the review of any colorable claim of error.

 

Supreme Court 01/05/98